Top 14 match preview: Toulouse v Racing Metro
Last Updated: 11/05/13 8:39am
Louis Picamoles: Passed fit for Toulouse
Defending champions Toulouse have made the Top 14 semi-finals every year since 1994 but will need to be at the top of their game to stop Racing-Metro ended their sequence.
Racing have won 11 of their last 13 matches while Toulouse have not played like champions, losing nine matches - their worst record for four years.
Toulouse are missing try-magnet Vincent Clerc due to a serious knee injury as well as France centre Florian Fritz.
However, number eight Louis Picamoles has been passed fit while wing Maxime Médard is included in the starting line-up.
Racing are without France wing Benjamin Fall as he recovers from a thigh injury which forced him to miss the last league match, although winger Juan Imhoff has been cleared to play.
Racing-Metro's good end-of-season form belies the huge internal ructions at the club owned by Swiss property magnate Jacky Lorenzetti.
Victory for the hosts will bring to an end the stormy reign of former France and Italy coach - and managing director for the past season - Pierre Berbizier, who will leave the club having already been removed involvement in coaching the side.
Not only will Berbizier be departing but also their Argentinian coach Gonzalo Quesada - for bitter Parisian rivals Stade Français.
Stade Toulousain: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Yannick Jauzion, 12 Gael Fickou, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Jean Marc Doussain, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir, 6 Jean Bouilhou, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Census Johnston, 2 William Servat , 1 Vasil Kakovin
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Romain Millo chlusky, 19 Yannick Nyanga, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Yann David, 23 Jean Batiste Poux.
Racing-Métro 92: 15 Juan Martin Hernandez, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Fabrice Estebanez, 11 Sereli Bobo, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Masinivanua Matadigo, 7 Bernard le Roux, 6 Antoine Battut, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Julien Brugnaut.
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Eddy Ben arous, 18 Alvaro Galindo, 19 Jacques Cronje, 20 Sebastien Descons, 21 Alexandre Dumoulin, 22 Virimi Vakatawa, 23 Salemane Sa.
Sat 23rd May
Bayonne45 - 12La Rochelle
Brive27 - 0Stade Francais
Lyon29 - 24Grenoble
Montpellier17 - 29Clermont Auvergne
Racing Metro Paris53 - 10Castres
Toulon46 - 17Oyonnax
Toulouse23 - 22Bordeaux-Begles
Fri 29th May - Quarter Finals
Stade Francais0 - 0Racing Metro Paris
Sat 30th May - Quarter Finals
Toulouse0 - 0Oyonnax